A special event will take place on Saturday, April 30, at the Japanese American National Museum to celebrate the legacy of civil rights pioneer Min Yasui.

Minoru Yasui (Oregon Historical Society)
Minoru Yasui (Oregon Historical Society)

This year marks Yasui’s 100th birthday and the 74th anniversary of his voluntary arrest to fight the unjust curfew placed on Japanese Americans, and to protect the constitutional right of all Americans. The event also will pay tribute to Yasui’s courage and leadership in the fight for redress, his lifetime of service, and the civil rights legacy that he leaves behind.

Yasui, who passed away in 1986 at the age of 70, was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, at a ceremony at the White House last November.

Speakers at the April 30 tribute include former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta; Peggy Nagae, lead attorney in the Yasui v. United States coram nobis case; Holly Yasui, daughter of Min and True Yasui and producer and co-director of “Never Give Up: The Fight for Justice”; Ron Wakabayashi, Western regional director of community relations, Department of Justice; and Irum Shiekh, visiting professor, University of Oregon, and author of “Detained Without Cause, Stories After 9/11.”

The event is sponsored by the Minoru Yasui Civil Rights Committee-Los Angeles in partnership with JANM, the UCLA Asian American Studies Department and the Aratani Endowed Chair.

Seating is limited. To RSVP, contact June Berk at juneaochiberk@me.com or call (828) 400-3273.

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